Subaru Wrx Sti
Toyota Celica vs. Mazda RX-8 vs. Acura RSX Type-S vs. Subaru WRX STI
Most powerful STI model ever is inspired by Nurburgring class-winner.
And it's only for 30 lucky South Africans.
The first sold for $69,100 last year.
The RA is limited to just 500 units in the U.S.
Japan keeps the best Type RA for itself.
750 will be WRX, 250 will be WRX STI.
The Subaru WRX and STI were refreshed for 2018 with updated styling and some new options. America also got the limited-edition WRX STI Type RA, a tribute to the car that made a Nürburgring lap record attempt. Not much has changed for 2019, though we get a new special edition and a new and much needed infotainment system. Also, the STI finally gets a boost in power! The tried and true EJ now cranks out 310 horses. Rejoice?
Since it arrived in the US, the Subaru WRX STI has hovered around 300 horsepower. That was world-class in the early 2000s, but the 2018 model's 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer-four 305 horsepower output is no longer something to write home about. This week, The Truth About Cars reported that the hottest Impreza might get another slight bump. A NHTSA document lists the 2019 model at all of 310 horsepower, the same output as the limited-run WRX STI Type RA.
The letters W, R and X are often featured on the trunklid of a fast, blue Subaru, but the other important letters for a Subaru are STI – standing for Subaru Tecnica International. The STI motorsport brand brings to mind '90s World Rally Championship victories and Impreza legends such as the wide-bodied 1998 22B, but the division is actually a bit older: STI is celebrating its 30th anniversary this week.
Don't panic, though. Yet.
It's undeniably expensive, but the hardcore Subaru nuts will totally get it (if they can afford it).
Take a look into Subaru's crystal ball.
STI gives you wings.
They do not come cheap.
Common body color, high-end trim and special badge, plus a slideshow of 50 years of Subarus.